The Static Memories


“…yet tribal loyalties were to be rent asunder because my favourite act were The Static Memories, who I could easily believe had been playing together since they were embryos. Their set was forever stuttering, building up and breaking apart again, but in a way that somehow sounded part of the plan. (Even though, clearly, there was no plan!) Even in it’s quietest, most fractured-sounding moments it held the room, pulling at our attention like a super-magnet in a room of steel screws. It seemed the very opposite of virtuoso show-off music, where all egos were subsumed and creativity made a force for the common good.”

– Gavin Burrows, Lucid Frenzy

“That’s perhaps the best thing about this album: it doesn’t seem to be fixed to anything in particular, just the sheer love of doing these improvisations together… this is an excellent, free (as in: free music and free of any particular improvisational style) album.”

– Franz de Wald, Vital Weekly. Reviewing The bloudy vision of John Farley.

“..peculiar timbres and reconstructed improvisational concepts, imbued with Franciscan wisdom and tranquil rebelliousness. It’s beautifully discordant stuff all the way: hard-hitting yet sweet to these ears.”

– Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes, reviewing The Bloudy Vision of John Farley

Dan Powell & Gus Garside have been working together on improv project The Static Memories since 2007.

Dan Powell (laptop/guitar/sampler/effects) began making sound for installation works in London in the mid 90’s and was involved in live arts group OMSK. Since moving to Brighton in 2000 he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music. He is a member of Brighton based collective The Spirit of Gravity and has performed across the UK. Dan is also a member of free improv duo Nil with Chris Parfitt.

Gus Garside (double bass/electronics) has worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, pop, cabaret, dance, theatre and, most importantly, improvised music where he has performed with many leading players. Gus formed arc in 1988 and their third album “the pursuit of happiness” was released on Emanem Records in 2009. He formed In Sand in 2004 and their first album “Whatever” came out mid 2008.

Gus is part of the Brighton Safehouse collective. He has collaborated with a wide range of improvising and contemporary music players and dancers and frequently works with laptop musicians and also performs solo.

“…where he differs from the average jazz bassist is in the range of sonorities he conjures from his instrument” Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

Here’s our Soundcloud page

You can download and listen to our album The Bloudy Vision of John Farley on Bandcamp.

Released on The Slightly Off Kilter Label

We’re on Twitter @TSMBrighton

Selected performances

Earsthetic Festival / Brighton Dome

Tinderbox Festival / Oxfordshire

Mopomoso / The Vortex, London

Incus concert series / Sheffield

Club Integral (with Phil Minton) / London


The Sound Projector – Resonance FM

Late Junction – BBC Radio 3

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World – Resonance extra

Radio Gagarin – FSK Hamburg



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